Bufflehead Head Duck Wintering In Barnegat Bay

Dated: 02/22/2016

Views: 3793

Bufflehead Duck

I spotted this Bufflehead Duck Saturday feeding in Barnegat Bay.    They are a diving duck that feed on mostly  aquatic invertebrates, crustaceans, and mollusks and swallow their food underwater.  In saltwater, Bufflehead ducks eat shrimp, crabs, amphipods, isopods, snails, mussels, herring eggs, sculpins, and ratfishes.  I enjoyed watching him (not sure of the sex) dive constantly where each dive would last between 12 and no more than 25 seconds.  This made it difficult to snap a photo.  The Bufflehead migrates down from Canada and habitats Alaska also.  The Bufflehead nests almost exclusively in holes excavated by Northern Flickers and, on occasion, by Pileated Woodpeckers. Unlike most ducks, the Bufflehead is mostly monogamous, often remaining with the same mate for several years.  It is North America's smallest duck.

The weather was warm, around 60 degrees so a walk at the Barnegat Municipal Dock was called for.  Living in close proximity to the dock, I live in the Mirage at Barnegat which is an adult community that  offers an active lifestyle.   The dock is also a go to spot in the summer where they offer free concerts on the weekends.  Barnegat also has a beautiful bay beach right around the corner that is great for the kids and grandkids.  If you want the waves you can go to Long Beach Island which is only a short car ride away.  The Jersey shore has many activities year round.  Barnegat is located close to the NJ Parkway, Atlantic City, and plenty of shopping.


Latest Blog Posts

Beach Access Gator Program

Our beaches are undergoing replenishment and the result is often a very wide, open beach. As beautiful as that is, it can be difficult for some people to make it down the full expanse. Long Beach

Read More

LBI Corvette Show

The annual Corvette Show is coming to LBI on June 9th! Come and enjoy! Bring your own car or your dreams and spend a great day on the island!Feel free to contact me for

Read More

Memorial Day Parade

Come join us for a day celebrating all those who have given so much to our country. Those who served and those who held the home and family together while you did! We thank you!Please join us for

Read More

Hot Sauce Recipes Great For Memorial Day Barbecues

Ok the hot sauce recipes ideas are coming in. Be sure send me yours and I will re-post!This one is easy and delicious! Feel free to substitute your hot sauce of choice!Courtesy of Frank's Red

Read More